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#MoviesPH in 2015, Part 2: Film Adaptation is Still a Thing

It’s 2015 and people are still curious about their favorite novels turning into a full-feature film. Because who wouldn’t want their beloved characters come to life and be immortalized by someone they idolize?

Here are the list of films adapted from novels.

Love Rosie

LOVE, ROSIE (January 2015). Though its conflict is repetitive and ridiculous, somehow it feels acceptable. And with the charms and effective performance of Collins and Claflin, Love, Rosie is a love letter to those who are hopefully romantic and faithful to their heart’s desire.

Our rating 3 out of 5 stars.

Kingsman

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE (February 2015). Fun, energetic, unadulterated, Kingsman: The Secret Service may have a glaring plot hole but its glorious take on everything is just an example of why most of us go to the movies: to have a damn good time.

Our rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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PAPER TOWNS (August 2015). Soulful, sincere and honest. Paper Towns may have least known stars but its story gets the young, hopeful and innocent love. How a person believes love as a fairy tale, Nat Wolff and Cara Delevinge has a bright future ahead of them and this film is a great start.

Our rating: 4 out of 5 stars

thomas mann and olivia cooke ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL

ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL (September 2015). Subtle but heart-breaking, smart and funny. Me and Earl and The Dying Girl doesn’t do grand on the romance side but everything feels real, from its characters to their dilemmas.

Our rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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THE MARTIAN (September 2015). Entertainment at its best. The Martian is Ridley Scott’s redemption to his glorious career in science fiction. The film doesn’t have one single dull moment, it combines fun, wit, proper attitude of the character and a visually breath-taking scenery. One of the best films of 2015.

Our rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY, PART 2 (November 2015). The last instalment of the worldwide hit, Mockingjay Part 2 feels a bit disappointing with its promotional materials praising it as the best in the series even though it’s not. Yes, the film is more entertaining than the book but the ending feels anticlimactic. It may be a satisfying ending for some but most people were expecting the spectacle it was advertised.

Our rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Seventh Son

SEVENTH SON (January 2015). After being hold and moved from February 2014 to January 2015, The Seventh Son’s problem as advertised was the breaking of Warner and Legendary Pictures. But as seeing the film, there’s more to that. The film is clichéd, heavily unoriginal and boring. Even stars Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore can’t save the film.

Our rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars.

Longest Ride

THE LONGEST RIDE (April 2015). Okay, no Nicholas Sparks adaptation was actually impressive recently. But The Longest Ride got mixed reviews because even though it’s still clichéd and predictable, there’s something dearly to its story. Presenting love as if it’s a fairy tale even for the oldest ones, and who wouldn’t be touched by a timeless love, right?

Our rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Child 44

CHILD 44 (April 2015). Not known to many, Child 44 is getting the big screen treatment starring no less than Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and Gary Oldman. It has a suspenseful ending but will hardly keep you awake to get there.

Our rating: 2 out of 5 stars

THE SCORCH TRIALS

MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS (September 2015). The sequel to probably the only interesting YA novel to film after The Hunger Games. Though the film provides additional thrill and surprises, its pattern is still the same and quite longer. You can be taken away with its world but you’ll find it at times hard to actually enjoy it.

Our rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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